We have been asked many times to share our story and how we came up with the idea for Planted in Play.
This is a small piece of our journey into being museum owners…
We should probably start by introducing ourselves. Our names are Tiffany and Joni. We are best friends and, most important to our story, we are both moms.
Last August, we decided that we needed a place to take our children. While there are many places for active physical play, we knew there were no screen-free learning spaces in our community. We were desperate for a place we’d feel good about taking our kids to.
You’ve all heard the proverb, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and so out of our own need, we knew that others needed this just as much.
Joni has experience in play therapy and Tiffany has a background in early childhood education. We were certain that we had the tools to create a place that would provide families in our area with engaging, open-ended play, never minding the fact that we knew little to nothing about children’s museums.
So, we got to work. We started by planning each of the areas and types of learning that we wanted to provide. We studied what others in the field were doing. We gathered materials and had a list of projects in mind. We invited friends and family members to be a part of the process.
It took months to find a space, and we finally found our perfect spot, nestled right in downtown Mechanicsburg. It had been vacant for 4 months and we felt immediately that it was sitting there waiting for us. It had a built-in stage and was sound-proofed by previous tenants.
Along the way, there has been a lot of trial and error, and without a doubt, a huge learning curve.
We have learned so much in the 3 months we’ve been in business, and we will be forever grateful for the support and feedback we’ve received from the community.
We are so excited to see what Planted in Play becomes and hope that each of you will continue to partner with us on our journey.